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Publisher's Summary

The police can't help you....

Former Marine helicopter pilot Jack Morgan runs Private, a renowned investigation company with branches around the globe. It is where you go when you need maximum force and maximum discretion. The secrets of the most influential men and women on the planet come to Jack daily - and his staff of investigators uses the world's most advanced forensic tools to make and break their cases.

The press will destroy you....

Jack is already deep into the investigation of a multi-million dollar NFL gambling scandal and the unsolved slayings of 18 schoolgirls when he learns of a horrific murder close to home: his best friend's wife, Jack's former lover, has been killed. It nearly pushes him over the edge. Instead, Jack pushes back and devotes all of Private's resources to tracking down her killer.

Only one place to turn: Private....

But Jack doesn't have to play by the rules. As he closes in on the killer and chooses between revenge and justice, Morgan has to navigate a workplace love affair that threatens to blow the roof off his plans. With a plot that moves at death-defying speeds, Private is James Patterson's sleekest, most exciting thriller ever.

©2010 James Patterson (P)2010 Hachette

Critic Reviews

"James Patterson knows how to sell thrills and suspense in clean, unwavering prose." (People)
"Patterson's novels are sleek entertainment machines, the Porsches of commercial fiction, expertly engineered and lightning fast." (Publishers Weekly)

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Lazy.

After setting up 3 intertwining plots - which could have made a fun & interesting thriller- the authors chose to jump right to the end and wrap up each one immediately. I guess with a name like James Patterson, there's no need to bother with the middle of the story - where the plot and characters are developed, where mystery and suspense can be artfully built on a good setup. Not here. The conclusion is arrived at quickly, followed by an epilogue that is - I assume - meant to pull readers into the series of hastily written underdeveloped novellas that follow this one.

41 of 46 people found this review helpful

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Not really for me

Not really for me. I like the Jack Reacher and Harry Bosch series a lot better.I might give James Patterson another try on a different series.

27 of 30 people found this review helpful

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private

I'm a big James Patterson fan so of course I buy almost every book he has put out. What I like about his books is they're fast-paced and they keep my attention. This book, Private, is no exception.
I do recognize that some may not like this book. I call James Patterson's books, especially these, the womens murder club, the Binnett series, etc. "Pop Cop" books. If you are looking for a book that has lots of mystery and you really have to think hard to figure out who killed who, this may not be the book for you. However, if you are like me and enjoy a fast-paced and very suspenseful read, I think you will like this book.
I want to make one final comment about the narator. He was good. I felt that he did the voices very well.
In short, I liked this book, but I do recognize that some will not. I think it's worth the five stars and the one credit.

118 of 135 people found this review helpful

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  • speck
  • Twin Cities
  • 03-22-16

Tedious

Any additional comments?

I've listened to 10-12 audio books now, and this was the most difficult to get through without giving up on it. Very standard story, cliched throughout, full of eye-rolling machismo. Not very suspenseful. Narrator did a decent job except for the leprechaun voice (which was intended to be an Irish female love interest). Some books really do a good job of drawing you in. This one failed miserably at that.

49 of 56 people found this review helpful

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awful

literally, the worst audiobook I had ever heard. I'm now doubting my thoughts about James Patterson

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Trinka
  • Tampa, FL, United States
  • 09-25-10

Paetro and Patterson are a great pair

I'm not usually a fan of collaboratively-written mysteries, but Patterson and Paetro are an exception. The women's murder club series and Private have kept me intrigued all the way to the conclusion.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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The music was distracting and annoying.

The music was distracting and annoying. There was no reason to have it there and it took away from the story.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 09-01-17

Thanks to Audible and Hachette Audio for...

...making this audio book available at no cost to Audible members.

My near heroic efforts to complete Private were successful. Narration is stellar, but the novel is pathetically bad. The subplots get in the way of the main story which is not very good itself. There are 10 James Patterson novels/novellas in my Audible library only three of which do not have a coauthor. I have read several other of his Alex Cross and Women's Murder Club paperbacks which Patterson wrote without a coauthor. While none earned 5 stars they did earn 4. Every novel I have read with Patterson listed as co-author has earned no better than 3 stars.

I congratulate Mr. Patterson on building his brand into hundreds of novels and novellas most of which were written by others. His success is made even more impressive by the fact that most of those books are second rate.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Average detective sorry with 3 sub plots

Hopeful that this would be as good as Patterson's work on the young adult treasure series I got this book. What it lacks is a bit of character development for someone other than Jack. There's unnecessary vulgarity and smut in a work that could have been much more.

24 of 28 people found this review helpful

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  • srinath
  • los angeles, CA, United States
  • 08-24-10

Gripping Thriller!!!

This is my first audio book and i'm really happy about my choice! Every para tells you something interesting and makes you not miss even a word! Peter Hermann's Voice is SIMPLY GREAT! I gave it 4 stars because the author did give enough insight into the link between computer games and reasons for killers obsession and motive to score high! maybe i missed something but..its a well written thriller that's gripping and enjoyable, not a bad choice for a long boring plane ride!

18 of 21 people found this review helpful